1. Pink Moons & Paper Planes: Synchs Brought Obscurities to Public Attention, But Did It Last?

    July 18, 2016 11:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Paper Planes" still flies, but "Pink Moon" has been eclipsed, while "How to Save A Life" remains vital. All three songs owe their place in most readers' consciousness to the music supervisors who championed them. ...

  2. Barely Charting Classics: Bob Marley, Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Smiths & More

    February 03, 2016 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 A look at artists whose influence far outpaced their initial chart success. Hindsight is a clichéd 20/20. Many songs, albums and artists now considered classics and/or masters of their genres failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 or the Billboard ...

  3. How the 33 1/3 Series, In Spite of Two Shrinking Industries, Continues to Thrive

    February 25, 2015 11:27 AM EST 0 0 0 How 'Harry Potter' made the long-running series possible. You've heard it before: music criticism as we know it is dying , replaced with editorial positions at Apple or lifestyle reporters masquerading as music journalists. But in one ...

  4. New Doc Premiering at SXSW Explores the Tumultuous Life of Legendary New Orleans Pianist James Booker

    March 14, 2013 11:03 AM EDT Harry Connick Jr. deciphers the work of his piano mentor James Booker in Lily Keber's film "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker," that receives its world premiere today at SXSW. He explains in the film that Booker&# ...

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  6. Minnie Driver Marries David Bowie, Shakespeare in 'Hunky Dory'

    March 12, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 David Bowie and William Shakespeare form a duo in "Hunky Dory," a film set in Wales in 1976 in which an adventurous teacher played by Minnie Driver gets her students to do a musical version of "The Tempest." The Bard's words ...

  7. Minnie Driver Marries David Bowie, Shakespeare in Marc Evans' 'Hunky Dory'

    March 11, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Minnie Driver (left) plays a teacher in the film "Hunky Dory," which screened at SXSW Film conference (Photo: Phil Gallo) David Bowie and William Shakespeare form a duo in "Hunky Dory," a film set in Wales in 1976 in which an a ...

  8. Nick Drake Doc Takes Shape

    July 06, 2010 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 After a pair of well-received documentary projects-"The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights" and "180° South"-Emmett Malloy's next target is paying tribute to the late British folk-rocker Nick Drake. The Brushfir ...

  9. James Mercer, Isaac Brock Team Up For '180°' Soundtrack

    June 21, 2010 2:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Emmett Malloy felt music was so integral to "180° South," the new environmental documentary he produced for his Woodshed Films imprint, that he brought singer-songwriters James Mercer (the Shins , Broken Bells ) and Mason Jennings to the P ...

  10. EverGreen Retracts Heath Ledger Release Statement

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST EverGreen Copyrights has issued a statement retracting a claim it made that a Nick Drake tribute project would include a video featuring the late actor Heath Ledger. The announcement was made Jan. 18 during the MidemNet digital music conference in ...

  11. Vedder, Grohl Set For Nick Drake Tribute Album

    January 19, 2009 2:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Norah Jones and Jack Johnson are among the acts confirmed for a Nick Drake tribute album to be released by Johnson's Brushfire Records. The announcement was made during the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  12. Peter Moren

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 If it all becomes one long hangover, you will end up seeing touring as an angst-ridden thing and try to get away from it to fight the touring demon. April 21, New York We (that means me, our tour manager Peter Hamilton and Tobias Fröberg, supporting ...

  13. Ledger's Eerie Drake Video Foreshadowed Death

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The fate of an eerie video of actor Heath Ledger "drowning" himself, set to a song from late singer/songwriter Nick Drake, is now being mulled by the estate of Drake, who committed suicide in 1974. The fate of an eerie video of actor Heath ...

  14. Fergie, John Legend, BRMC Complete Bumbershoot Bill

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fergie, John Legend, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, (+)44 and the Apples In Stereo are among the final acts confirmed for the 2007 Bumbershoot festival, to be held Sept. 1-3 throughout the Seattle Cente Fergie, John Legend, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ...

  15. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Aly & AJ extend their brand and toughen up their sound, Smashing Pumpkins are reborn after a seven-year hiatus, Spoon keeps on growing alongside its indie label partner and Interpol doesn't stray The first new studio album in 14 years from ...

  16. Jose Gonzalez Finds 'Nature' On Sophomore Set

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After ascending to indie rock stardom with his 2005 album, "Veneer," Swedish singer/songwriter Jose Gonzalez will return Sept. 25 with his next Mute effort, "In Our Nature." After ascending to indie rock stardom with his 2005 alb ...

  17. Drake Rarities Blossom On 'Family Tree'

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For decades, fans have made a pilgrimage to Nick Drake's hometown in tiny Tanworth-In-Arden, England. For decades, fans have made a pilgrimage to Nick Drake's hometown in tiny Tanworth-In-Arden, England. His parents would invite these visi ...

  18. Difford Preps Album, Hopeful For Squeeze Reunion

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 On the eve of his first U.S. tour in a decade, Squeeze's Chris Difford is currently putting the finishing touches on his second solo album, "Another Day Above Ground." On the eve of his first U.S. tour in a decade, Squeeze's Chri ...

  19. NORTHERN SKY

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. N ...

  20. DARKER THAN THE DEEPEST SEA

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Meticulous portrait of the gentle English singer/songwriter whose posthumous impact on the music world continues to gather force. Meticulous portrait of the gentle English singer/songwriter whose posthumous impact on the music world continues to gat ...

  21. Ask Billboard

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Answers to readers' questions about Nick Drake, No Doubt, Bush and more! DRAKE ON THE MIND Hi Keith, About three years ago a friend introduced me to the music of Nick Drake and I thought it was amazing. A few days later I went to a record store ...

  22. New Magic Numbers Hitting U.S. In February

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 U.K. rock act the Magic Numbers have set a Feb. 20 release date for their sophomore Capitol effort, "Those the Brokes." U.K. rock act the Magic Numbers have set a Feb. 20 release date for their sophomore Capitol effort, "Those the Bro ...

  23. Bela

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based band, Bela. Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based b ...

  24. SYD MATTERS, "Syd Matters"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music ...

  25. JOSE GONZALEZ, "Stay in the Shade EP"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." The Swedish-by way of-Argentina folk ...

  26. Sweden? More Like Sweeten...

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Perhaps unknown to many, the Scandinavian region has produced a bumper crop of enjoyable music as of late. Writing about acts by geography essentially groups unique, blisteringly awesome bands into a superficial category so that I may discuss them a ...

  27. Pianist O'Riley Reworks Smith, Drake

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Respected classical pianist Christopher O'Riley received accolades two years ago for his album "True Love Waits: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead." Respected classical pianist Christopher O'Riley received accolades two ye ...

  28. M.I.A., MC5 To Visit New York's SummerStage

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 M.I.A., the MC5 and Coheed & Cambria are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of New York's Central Park SummerStage. M.I.A., the MC5 and Coheed & Cambria are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of New Yor ...

  29. Coldplay Sounds Loud, Proud On 'X&Y'

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coldplay offers up a bigger, louder version of its widely loved pop/rock sound on its third studio album, "X&Y." Due June 7 in North America via Capitol, the 12-track set is led by the soaring sin Coldplay offers up a bigger, louder ve ...

  30. Hot Product

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Other titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: Up-and-coming Irish rock act the Thrills' "Let's Bottle Bohemia" (Virgin), with guest spots from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Van Dyke Parks. Bowling For Soup' ...

  31. B&E: Cary Brothers

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. BROTHERLY LOVE: It's easy to imagine Cary Brothers during t ...

  32. Hot Product

    August 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Garden State ’Garden’ Of Stone The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Iron & Wine have contributed tracks to the "Garden State" soundtrack, due this week via Epic. Written and directed by Zach Braff (NBC's "Scr ...

  33. Hot Product

    July 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kings Of Convenience 'Quiet' Riot European rock duo Kings Of Convenience releases its third album, "Riot on an Empty Street," this week via Astralwerks. The set finds group members Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe expanding on th ...

  34. Shins, Iron & Wine Visit 'Garden State'

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Iron & Wine have contributed tracks to the "Garden State" soundtrack, due Aug. 10 via Epic. Written and directed by Zach Braff (NBC's "Scrubs) The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, ...

  35. Adams Takes On 'Rock,' 'Love'

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acclaimed alt-country band, Whiskeytown, fans and critics alike have adored pretty much everything he has put out -- no matter how far it found him strayin In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acc ...

  36. Out of Season

    November 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Two of rock's most gifted impressionists, Portishead vocalist Beth Gibbons and former Talk Talk member Paul Webb (aka Rustin Man) join forces on this suitably ethereal collection. Two of rock's most gifted impressionists, Portishead vocali ...

  37. Adams Readies Avalanche Of Material

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A veritable avalanche of material from singer/songwriter Ryan Adams is slated for release over the next few months. And, as Adams paints it, it all comes as a result of disagreements he had with his l A veritable avalanche of material from singer/so ...

  38. Fancy Blue

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 On her debut album, Tywanna Jo Baskette stakes out terrain among idiosyncratic singer/songwriters like Jane Siberry, Sam Phillips and Nick Drake. On her debut album, Tywanna Jo Baskette stakes out terrain among idiosyncratic singer/songwriters like ...

  39. Unreleased Tracks Bolster Noise Pop Compilation

    February 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 San Francisco's Noise Pop festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a two-disc, 43-track compilation due March 11 from Amazing Grease Records. The set, titled "Ten Years Of Noise Pop," will in San Francisco's Noise Pop fe ...

  40. The Edge of Silence

    February 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Edge of Silence will be remembered as the album where Solas began to push the envelope and first hinted that nothing was beyond its collective musical soul. The Edge of Silence will be remembered as the album where Solas began to push the envelo ...

  41. Noise Pop Adds GBV, Modest Mouse

    January 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse, Big Star, Versus, Folk Implosion, and the Donnas have been added to the lineup for the 10th edition San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival, running Feb. 26 through Ma Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse, Big Star, V ...

  42. Jack Johnson's Hawaiian Fairytale

    December 03, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Few singer/songwriters can claim as unique a career launch as acoustic groovemaster Jack Johnson. With "Brushfire Fairytales," both his and the tiny Enjoy label's debut release, over the past year the Few singer/songwriters can claim ...

  43. Billboard Bits: Wiseguys, Shriekback, BET

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Wiseguys, Shriekback, BET Last year, Rykodisc introduced Nick Drake to a whole new audience following the use of "Pink Moon" in an advertisement for the Volkswagen Cabrio. Now, Mammoth is hoping for similar results with Britain ...

  44. Sheik's Collaboration With Playwright Yields 'Phantom Moon'

    March 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When New York playwright Steven Sater approached Atlantic singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik to write music to his lyrics, neither expected the result to become a full-fledged recording. When New York playwright Steven Sater approached Atlantic singer/s ...

  45. Sheik's Collaboration With Playwright Yields 'Phantom Moon'

    March 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When New York playwright Steven Sater approached Atlantic singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik to write music to his lyrics, neither expected the result to become a full-fledged recording. When New York playwright Steven Sater approached Atlantic singer/s ...